Appalachian College of Pharmacy Announces Jim McGlothlin as 2024 Commencement Speaker

OAKWOOD, VA (APRIL 23, 2024) – Jim McGlothlin, chairman of The United Company, will deliver the commencement address May 4, 2024 to members of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) Class of 2024.

Commencement exercises and the hooding ceremony for graduating students will be held in the ACP gymnasium. Andrew Lee has been chosen by his fellow classmates to be the student speaker during graduation ceremonies.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. McGlothlin to our campus,” said ACP Provost and Dean Susan Mayhew. “He brings a wealth of life experience and history of helping to make the Appalachian region a better place in which to live and work and we look forward to hearing his words of advice to our soon-to-be graduates.”

McGlothlin was born in Grundy, VA and is the son of the late Woodrow and Sally Ann McGlothlin.  He was educated in the public schools of Buchanan County and attended The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary.

He returned to his hometown of Grundy following law school where he practiced law as a partner in the law firm of Street, Street, & McGlothlin until 1970 when he became a founding partner of United Coal Company, which was later merged into The United Company.

McGlothlin continues to divide his time between business and philanthropy.  He serves on numerous boards of directors.  His newest venture is the partnership with Hard Rock and bringing a resort and casino to Bristol, VA.

McGlothlin now resides in Naples, FL and Bristol, VA with his wife, Frances Gibson McGlothlin.  Together, they have three children and six grandchildren.

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 2003, the college accepted its first students in 2005. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Its mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach and the professional development of pharmacists. Its graduate pharmacists are now practicing throughout the United States.

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